Facebook says AI misled it, apologises to President Kenyatta 

President Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta gestures during a past teleconference with other Heads of State of the member states of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) at State House, Nairobi.

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What you need to know:

  • Facebook has been using AI to kick off similarity detection processes that identify duplicates of debunked stories and reduce their distribution.
  • It feeds these ratings as a signal back into its machine learning model, which helps in detect potentially false items in the future and do so faster.

If you torture your data too much it will confess to anything, and most often, your algorithms will make an undesired decision.

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